POOR NUTRITION AND MALNUTRITION A GROWING HEALTH CRISES FOR SENIORS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
“Forty four (44%) Percent of Seniors Living Alone Are at Risk for
Infection, Depression and Ultimately, Early Death”
WHAT/WHO: Practical Solutions for Health & Healing educational workshop for senior citizens of the Greater Baltimore region. Hosted by Cor-les Institute, AARP Maryland, Empowerment Temple AME Church, and The Maryland Department of Aging. The workshop will provide participants with educational materials and information about proper nutrition, exercise, healthy shopping and eating, food preparation and more. Healthy food and snacks will be served. The workshop is FREE to the public!
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, June 9, 2012 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Empowerment Temple Family Life Center
1505 Eutaw Place – Baltimore, Maryland 21217
BACKGROUND: Poor nutrition in elderly adults is becoming a major health crisis. Many seniors are unaware of the dangers associated with poor nutrition and malnutrition, which occurs in 15 to 50 percent of the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that only 17 percent of adults ages 60 and older consumed a good quality diet. For many seniors, maintaining proper caloric intake and nutrition is an issue. Recent statistics highlight this concern:
- 30% of seniors skip at least one meal per day.
- 16% consume fewer than 1,000 calories per day.
- 25% of seniors who live alone cannot always get to the grocery store, resulting in inadequate supplies of staple foods.
Poor nutrition in elderly impacts the mental and physical stamina and can result in stress, underweight, obesity, unintentional weight loss, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and some cancers. Hair loss, brittle bones and teeth, pre arthritis, water and stool retention, lack of concentration, moods mood swings, dehydration, muscle weakness, anemia, weak immune system, dehydration and other health related issues are also attributable to this condition.
Cor- Les Institute, a national training and education center devoted to reducing health disparities and high risk living within underserved elderly communities, tours the country promoting wellness and conscientious (right) living through education and spirituality. They educate seniors about the issues of poor nutrition, which can be prevented and corrected with simple changes in diet, attitude and exercise.
The Baltimore workshop is being sponsored with AARP Maryland, Empowerment Temple AME Church, and the Maryland Department of Aging. At the session, seniors will become better acquainted with the dangers of unhealthy eating and how certain foods affect medication absorption. They will also be exposed to colorful food displays, along with interactive conversations and hands-on food preparation demonstrations.
The workshop is FREE and open to the general public. For more information, please contact Valerie Robinson at (202) 657.2242 or Rev. Keisha Brown of Empowerment Temple at (410) 225.3494, ext 538.
About Cor-Les Institute, Inc. - a non-profit subsidiary of C or-Les Consultants, Inc., a health education and promotion company that provides education, assessment, and technical assistance. Cor-Les provides education and information on health and health related topics through demonstrations, courses, seminars, trainings, workshops, web telecast, symposiums, conferences (mini and summer/winter institutes), individual and group support, newsletters and community forums.